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Articles, Orchestra News

Casting Off the Yoke of Misclassification

As announced in the May 2016 issue of the International Musician, the recent ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to deny the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra’s petition for review and grant the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB’s) cross application for enforcement is indeed a very important ruling, especially for the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra musicians.

Lyric Opera of Chicago to Be Featured on Great Performances

Lyric Opera of Chicago to Be Featured on Great Performances — The Lyric Opera of Chicago and its orchestra’s recent world premiere production of the opera Bel Canto by Jimmy López will be broadcast on the PBS series Great Performances next season.

iPads Enhance BSO Concert Experience

iPads Enhance BSO Concert Experience — In an effort to connect with younger patrons, Boston Symphony Orchestra is offering audience members the use of customized iPads with content

Dallas Symphony Tour Postponed

Dallas Symphony Tour Postponed

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Balances Budget

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Balances Budget — Just two years after the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) implemented an emergency $5 million fundraising campaign to stay afloat,

Hartford Musicians Accept Pay Cut to Save Orchestra

Hartford Musicians Accept Pay Cut to Save Orchestra — The musicians of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) have voted to accept a wage concession agreement that management claims is necessary to save the orchestra.

App Could Block Cell Phone Usage

App Could Block Cell Phone Usage — For the last several years, artists have had to accept constant video recording and photo taking by fans during concerts.

Cleveland Contract Provides Raises

Cleveland Contract Provides Raises — The deal is retroactive to August 31 and is effective through 2017-2018 season.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra Board Threatens Closure

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) board has threatened that the symphony could shut down at the end of January unless its musicians make significant concessions.

Taking a Positive Approach to Negativity

Taking a Positive Approach to Negativity — Complaining doesn’t usually help. Sometimes when you complain too much, you become a prophet of your own destiny.